Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Recommended Websites for Families

A few of the many websites that can help you help your child learn about nutrition, physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices are listed here:

  • MSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences – This page provides links to the MSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs related to food, nutrition and health, including the Michigan Nutrition Network, Project FRESH and Team Nutrition.
  • Common Food Allergens – This page lists common food allergens and contains information designed to increase food allergy awareness, information and research. The site is part of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans – This online version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages Americans to aim for fitness, build a healthy base (using MyPyramid when choosing foods) and choose sensibly.
  • Eat Smart Play Hard – This is a national nutrition education campaign designed to convey motivational messages about healthy eating and physical activity. The campaign uses Power Panther™ as the primary communication vehicle to children and their caregivers. Materials also available in Spanish.
  • Healthy K.I.D.S. Newsletter: Knowledge Improving Diet and Strength – These newsletters for elementary and middle school youth contain tips for healthy snacks and physical activity, and provide a corresponding parent guide. Materials are available in English and Spanish. The newsletter is published by the Children’s Health Fund.
  • Healthy Parenting – At this site you’ll find the “Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids” newsletter, a nutrition and activity guide for parents, information about helping children who are overweight, nutrition information, resources and more. The newsletter is prepared by the American Dietetic Association and Wellpoint.
  • Kidnetic.com – This site features interactive games; “bright papers” on topics related to children and physical, healthy eating and self-esteem; and recipes for youth nutrition, fitness and more. Kidnetic.com is sponsored by the International Food Information Council Foundation.
  • Montana Healthy Families – This site, sponsored by the Montana Dietetic Association, offers a monthly newsletter that includes family health and fitness ideas that readers can take advantage of any time and anywhere.
  • MyPyramid – This is an official home of MyPyramid, a tool designed to help people select foods for a balanced diet. The page offers links to information about MyPyramid in English and Spanish. It was developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
  • MyPyramid for Kids – This is an adaptation of MyPyramid designed with nutrition messages for children aged 6 to 11. It includes an interactive computer game, tips for families, and MyPyramid for Kids posters. It was developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
  • Nutrition Explorations: The Fun and Easy Way to Teach and Learn Nutrition – This site offers fun food games and information for parents, educators and school food service programs. It includes meal suggestions, nutrition and safety tips. The site was developed by the National Dairy Council.
  • Nutritive Value of Foods (USDA Home and Garden Bulletin 72) – This document, which is published by the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory, allows readers to research the nutrient content of favorite foods.
  • Parent Resource Center – The Parent Resource Center provides two types of information: Learn Now, a Web portal that provides valuable links to parent friendly resources on child and adolescent health issues, and Act Now, a guide written to help parents assess health‑related services and programs at their child’s schools. The site is sponsored by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.
  • Team Nutrition Parent Place – Team Nutrition is a network of parents, teachers, food service staff, health and education groups, and the food and agricultural community. At this site you’ll find information on improving the school nutrition environment and links to nutrition information for youth and families. Team Nutrition is a program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • “VERB: It’s What You Do” Tween Site – “VERB: It’s What You Do” was a national, multicultural, social marketing campaign that ran from 2002-2006 and that encouraged kids aged 9 to 13 (tweens) of all physical ability and skill levels to become physically active every day. The campaign was coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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